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I am a healthy, sexually active 57-year-old white woman. I have yearly well-woman exams by my obgyn. I am not one to explore myself, but have noticed a few rough patches just inside my vagina. I have not explored any farther up.

By Anonymous December 18, 2014 - 11:52am
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My obgyn said it is not a health problem, but I would like to know what it is and if there is anything I can do to make it smooth again.

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December 23, 2014 - 9:07pm

Hi Anon,

Thank you for visiting the EmpowHER community and for sharing your question. I am relieved that your doctor has confirmed that there is no health related problem.

Most likely it has to do with age and estrogen levels. Lack of lubrication is the major problem for vaginal irritation, which could lead to dry patches. 

In mature women lack of lubrication is due to low estrogen levels. As women reach menopause and beyond, the estrogen hormones are diminished. Estrogen levels largely control moisture in a woman’s body--in her hair, skin, and vaginal environment. Accordingly, when estrogen levels are low, little or no moisture is available during sexual activity. The delicate vaginal tissue becomes severely irritated.

You could try adding moisture to the area or have your hormone levels checked. You ob can do this or you can see a naturopathic physician that specializes in women's health.

Anon, did this answer your question?



December 18, 2014 - 12:34pm
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Anonymous (reply to kristincaliendo)

Thanx so much! Your comments helped and explained a lot! I'm sure this is what is going on with me.

December 19, 2014 - 8:58pm
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